AskDefine | Define mere

Dictionary Definition

mere adj
1 being nothing more than specified; "a mere child" [syn: mere(a)]
2 apart from anything else; without additions or modifications; "only the bare facts"; "shocked by the mere idea"; "the simple passage of time was enough"; "the simple truth" [syn: bare(a), mere(a), simple(a)] n : a small pond of standing water

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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

mere, from , from . Cognate with Dutch meer, German Meer, Norwegian mar; and (from Indo-European) with Latin mare, Breton mor, Russian море.

Noun

  1. The sea.
  2. In the context of "dialectal|or|literary": A pool or lake; a marsh.

Etymology 2

mære.

Noun

  1. A boundary; a boundary-marker.

Etymology 3

meer, from mier, from merus.

Adjective

  1. Just, only; the smallest amount.
    I saved a mere 10 pounds this week.

Etymology 4

mere.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈmɛri/

Noun

  1. A Maori war-club.

Italian

Adjective

Old English

Etymology

From , from . Cognate with Old Saxon meri (Dutch meer), Old High German meri (German Meer), Old Norse marr (Swedish mar). The IE root is also the source of Latin mare, Old Irish muir (Breton mor), Old Church Slavonic море (Russian море), Lithuanian mãre.

Pronunciation

  • /'mere/

Noun

mere
  1. sea, ocean
  2. lake, body of water

Declension

Descendants

Romanian

Noun

mere n p
  1. Plural of măr

Extensive Definition

Mere has several different meanings:

Language

Mere refers to 'my' in Hindi/Urdu

Geographic term

Mere is a frequently-found element in English place names:
  • Mere (lake), a lake that is broad in relation to its depth
  • a boundary, a word related to marches

Places Elsewhere

People

Other uses

See also

mere in Spanish: Mere

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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